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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will elect a new Secretary General of the Council at its plenary sitting in Strasbourg and will discuss enhancing sanctions against Russia. 

The election will take place tomorrow at the PACE plenary sitting and one of the leading candidates for the position is the long-time member of the Estonian delegation to the PACE and honorary member of the PACE Indrek Saar.

The Head of the Estonian delegation Liisa-Ly Pakosta sees this as a historical opportunity because Indrek Saar has reached the final round of voting, which is in itself a very high praise for his committed work in the Council of Europe. “Indrek enjoys the full support of the Estonian government and the Riigikogu delegation. We have all actively sought further support by highlighting Estonia’s efforts in security, digital development, and environmental topics while protecting human rights,” Pakosta stressed. Other candidates running besides Saar are Didier Reynders (Belgium, ALDE) and Alain Berset (Switzerland, SOC).

At its plenary today, the PACE will discuss the challenges faced by democracy in Georgia.

On Wednesday, the Assembly will discuss the legal and human rights aspects of the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and enhancing the sanctions against Russia. The discussion will also touch on fight against erasure of cultural identity —identicide—in war or peace. Thursday will be dedicated to seeking both immediate as well as long-term political solutions to support the people resettled from Ukraine.

The schedule includes a speech by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Estonian delegation to the 3rd part-session of the PACE plenary assembly is made up of its head Liisa-Ly Pakosta and members Eerik-Niiles Kross, Aleksei Jevgrafov, Reili Rand, and Tõnis Lukas

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